[permaculture] SoilFoodWeb

Heide Hermary heidehermary at pacificcoast.net
Tue Oct 8 11:39:02 EDT 2002

One of the presenters at the recent IFOAM conference was relating how 
the application of EM bacteria completely eliminates the loss of 
nitrogen gas from manure piles. I haven't tried it yet. Should work the 
same in compost.

Jerome Osentowski wrote:

>Mark,  We use Rock dust and gypsum here in our sheet mulching and add to the
>forest garden from time to time.  I still don't see how you can keep all
>that ammonia from escaping from the pile with  an applaction of rock powder.
>I have used 6 inches of straw on top of the pile as a scrubber.  the
>straw helps to absorb the amonia.  The carbon soaks up the ammonia.
>We make lost of comfery tea, plus rabbit and chicken manure tea by the 30
>gal trash barrol . Our mulching system supplies our compost and worm casting
>tea in place.  As the rain or watter form our drip or the pond moves down
>through the mulch, it desolves the half inch of worm castings .  This tea
>drains down the into the soil through the worm holes.  It's all part of
>natures design.  Got you in the forest to see a carbon copy of this in
>action.   jerome
>Jerome Osentowski, Director
>Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute
>PO Box 631
>Basalt, CO 81621   U.S.A.
>Tel/fax (970) 927-4158    E mail: jerome at crmpi.org
>For more information, please visit our web site at <<www.crmpi.org>>
>>From: Mark <mpludwig at facstaff.wisc.edu>
>>To: permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
>>Subject: Re: [permaculture] SoilFoodWeb
>>Date: Mon, Oct 7, 2002, 9:28 AM
>>At 08:41 PM 10/5/02 -0600, you wrote:
>>>Much of the fertility and many of the  bugs and microbs are killed during
>>>the compost process.
>>N loss can be minimized by adding rock P or gypsum, this binds the ammonia
>>and makes the P available.
>>Mark P. Ludwig
>>Poultry Research Lab
>>University of Wisconsin -Madison
>>608-262-1730 WK
>>608-846-7125 HM
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